Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff suspended after losing impeachment vote, faces trial in Senate

Brazil’s Senate voted to suspend President Dilma Rousseff from office to face an impeachment trial, ushering in a new government to take command of Latin America’s largest economy. Legislators agreed on Thursday after a marathon session that lasted 21 hours to try the president on allegations she illegally doctored fiscal accounts to mask the size…

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Italy becomes last European Union nation to grant legal rights to gay couples

ROME — Italy joined the rest of Europe on Wednesday in giving some legal rights to gay couples after a years-long battle and opposition from the Catholic Church to anything that smacked of authorizing gay marriage. The lower Chamber of Deputies voted 372-51 with 99 abstentions to approve legislation already passed in February by the…

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Iraqi leaders have to reconcile differences to avoid conflict after ISIL defeated, Sajjan says

OTTAWA — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has acknowledged the threat of violence between competing ethnic and religious groups in Iraq once the Islamic State is defeated, but says Canada and its allies are trying to head it off now. Speaking from Germany, where he was meeting with counterparts from 10 other countries involved in the…

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Bombardier bailout would be ‘slap in the face’ for Toronto because of streetcar delays: TTC chair

TTC Chair Josh Colle tried a new tactic in the city’s epic streetcar battle with Bombardier on Wednesday, linking stunning delays on the 204-car order to the prospect of a federal bailout for Bombardier’s struggling aerospace arm. Federal money would be a “slap in the face” for Toronto, Colle suggested, absent concrete and compelling guarantees.…

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Former residents of 12 Ontario institutions for developmentally disabled win $36-million lawsuit

TORONTO — Former residents of 12 Ontario institutions for people with developmental disabilities have won a $36-million settlement in a class-action lawsuit against the provincial government. The Superior Court of Justice has approved a tentative settlement reached last fall to compensate people who suffered harm while living at the residential facilities between the 1960s and…

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